Ellis Island

Ellis Island

by Melissa McDaniel
     
 

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Read about the events surrounding immigration and the opening of Ellis Island and find out how the arrival of millions of immigrants shapes our nation today. Inside you will find out:

What life was like for immigrants making the journey to America;

Why some immigrants were turned away;

And how immigration continues to be an important issue

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Overview

Read about the events surrounding immigration and the opening of Ellis Island and find out how the arrival of millions of immigrants shapes our nation today. Inside you will find out:

What life was like for immigrants making the journey to America;

Why some immigrants were turned away;

And how immigration continues to be an important issue today.

Cornerstones of Freedom™ brings history to life by capturing the dramatic and defining moments in American history with engaging text, primary source materials, historical photographs, maps, and timelines.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ellen Welty
Many citizens of the United States were born in another country and immigrated here to escape persecution or famine, or just to achieve a better life for themselves and their families. While there are several immigration stations around the country, Ellis Island in New York is the most famous. Like the other titles in the "Cornerstones of Freedom" series, this book starts with a discussion of the reasons people felt they had to leave their native countries and embark on a long and dangerous journey to a new country where they would have to start over. Other chapters reveal the ship conditions for most immigrants—over ninety percent of the immigrants who landed in New York were steerage passengers—and describe what those passengers faced upon arrival. There is also a chapter that discusses the history of the island that eventually became known as Ellis Island. A chapter near the end describes the timeline of events and there is a chapter about immigration issues today. Sidebars throughout the text highlight famous individuals and some of the countries from which the immigrants came. There is a glossary, an index, and a nice bibliography that points readers to primary resources. While it is really just an overview, many readers will be fascinated by the story and pursue additional reading because of it. Recommended. Reviewer: Ellen Welty

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780531265567
Publisher:
Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
09/01/2011
Series:
Cornerstones of Freedom, Third Series
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
617,780
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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